CHS Students Demonstrate the Power of Poetry


Central High School students Samiris Feliz and Jalani Johnson earned distinctions in the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport’s first annual Poetry Writing Contest, which celebrated April as National Poetry Month. Their winning entries are currently featured on the LIAC at Freeport’s website, and will eventually be published in a booklet.  

Samiris, a junior, was awarded a Third Honorable Mention for a piece titled, “Non Compos Mentis.” Jalani is a senior and achieved Second Place for his poem, “Gradient.”

According to the LIAC at Freeport, the goal of the contest was to inspire students who may never have written a poem to write one, and to encourage those who have, to further develop the art of writing a poem. Submissions were judged on originality, creativity and artistic quality.